COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) announced that the Ohio House has passed House Bill 63, also known as “Judy’s Law,” which strengthens the penalties for perpetrators of felonious assault if an accelerant is used in committing the offense.
State Representative Jim Hughes (R-Upper Arlington) introduced the legislation after learning about a Gahanna mother, Judy Malinowski, who was doused in gasoline and set on fire in August 2015 by her estranged boyfriend. Over 600 days later, Malinowski has had more than 50 surgeries and is still fighting for her life. Due to current law, the judge was only able to impose an 11-year sentence on her abuser.
House Bill 63 would allow judges to add an additional prison term of six years for felonious assault if the offender used an accelerant in committing the offense and the abuse resulted in a permanent disfigurement or permanent substantial incapacity.
“Unfortunately, House Bill 63 cannot undue the pain and suffering Ms. Malinowski has endured due to this barbaric act,” said Rep. Wiggam. “However, I am proud to support this legislation to ensure our courts may hold those accountable for such atrocious acts in the future.”
Despite her horrific condition, Malinowski has continued to speak out about domestic violence and has made every effort to warn other victims. She also bravely recorded video testimony encouraging legislators to pass House Bill 63.
NBC4 announced that Malinowski has been moved to a palliative care center and is no longer receiving medical care, but is resting comfortably. Malinowski’s family remains optimistic.
Judy’s Law passed unanimously with bipartisan support and goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.